In the living room, on the wall hangs a large painting by Tushar Waghela of Chattisgarh locals while on the black metal centre table rests an accordion book by Belgian artist Saskia Pintelon
Photographs by Fabien Charuau. Produced by Mrudul Pathak Kundu

Left: Identically framed photographs by Siddharth from his series “Postcards from the Forest” line the wall above an antique sofa from Chunilal Mulchand. Right: A view of the dining table with metal benches through the cement partition

Left: The Amaranth suite has an old four poster bed curtained with muslin. Right: The bedroom in the upper cottage is at the far end where Siddharth writes every day. Framed photographs by Farrokh Chothia from his Jazz series hang above the bed

Siddharth lounges in the veranda

Inside Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi’s villa in Goa

by Sonal Shah Dec 14, 2016
Sitting on the wide, white veranda gazing out at the paddy fields between the palms and lush mango trees, you’re overtaken by a sense of peace and homecoming. Inside, the villa’s muted aesthetic, soft tones, carefully chosen art and photographs, dappled light flooding in through the skylights and uncluttered rooms filled with tomes, all blend seamlessly together to make a melodious rhapsody.

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi’s retreat in North Goa is just that: A place that is at once elegant, charming and welcoming. He elucidates how his sanctuary transformed into a “narrative” masterpiece.

ELLE DECOR: You wear many hats: Author, photographer, curator and are now working with spaces. You have qualified this as “narrative architecture”. Can you elaborate?
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi: It’s a design practice that draws on my literary, design and art sensibilities. I came to making homes as a writer. I think in books, in characters, in the impressionism of language. So I’d make photo books or write short stories for clients, imagining their lives, losses. These literary or visual diaries became blueprints for their future homes. I guess I’m still writing novels – they simply happen to be physically embodied.

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Siddharth lounges in the veranda